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National Museum of Scotland reopens

28th July 2011

The National Museum of Scotland is reopening following an extensive, multi-million pound refurbishment project carried out in the facility's Victorian building.

A total of 16 new galleries have been installed for visitors to explore, detailing aspects of the UK's scientific and industrial history, with 8,000 new objects on display.

The exhibits include a life-sized skeleton cast of a Tyrannosaurus rex, 3,000-year-old Egyptian mummies and many specimens collected by Charles Darwin.

Sir Angus Grossart, chairman of the National Museums Scotland's board of trustees, told the BBC the GBP 47.4 million refit was made possible by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Scottish government and private donations.

'The reopening of the National Museum of Scotland, on time and within budget, is a tremendous achievement as importantly it allows us to liberate the strengths of our great collections and mobilise their great potential for dynamic development,' he added.

The National Museum of Scotland, located on Edinburgh's Chambers Street, comprises the former Royal Museum, which was originally opened in 1866 and benefited from the recent refit, and the Museum of Scotland, opened in 1998.

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